I actually like that the Cats aren’t drafting until the 4th round.
Look back at our draft history, right from the beginning. We have never been very good.
The easiest way to get Canadian talent is to let a another team develop a player and then take him when he becomes a free agent.
Look at Dave Stala. He’s a great player. Yes he played 2 games in 2 years due to injury but Montreal turned him into a very good player and they didn’t bother resigning him.
Look at Gauthier. Winnipeg develops him and then just lets him leave. Thanks Taman!
The key to Canadian football is not finding Canadians. There are enough roster spots vs starting spots for Canadians to develop on special team and then sub in and take over (ie Dylan Barker) The key is to find the right American players.
You look at Cobb. We find him in the middle of nowhere and he succeeds. Same with Zeke and Nick. Both guys pluck from oblivian and contribute right away.
If you can’t contribute as an American, you aren’t going to be given time to develop. You either are successful right away or you will be gone in the offseason. If Sandy Beveridge was an American, would he have stuck around for 7 years?
Look at Adams and McIntyre. If they weren’t good, they would be cut between now and training camp. Adams will be in his 3rd year and McIntyre in his second next year.
We on the forums overrate the draft. We do. It’s even tougher to draft a kid who plays CIS vs NCAA. The difference is like night and day. You are waiting an extra year or two with a CIS kid to develop as he’s not used to the pro routine. Sure there are exceptions like Fantuz but it think it’s risky to draft a CIS kid.
As for the comments above about Ito. There are way better kickers out there. This guy was a 72% kicker in college. I’m sorry but that’s not good enough. His punting was around 34 yards. There are a lot of NCAA guys waiting around for tryouts. A kicker gets cut in the NFL and there are 4 guys there on Tuesday to tryout for the team.
Kicking is such a huge part of the game. Sure playing a Canadian saves a roster spot but whoever is the best, that’s who I want.